|Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 - Perpetual Calendar - Chronograph
Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 863666, case No. 637185, Ref. 1518. Made in 1946, sold
January 10th, 1947.
Very fine and very rare, astronomic, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with perpetual
calendar, moon phases, square button chronograph, register, tachometer and an 18K
yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
|C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, concave bezel and lugs, snap-on case back.
D. Satine silver with applied yellow gold Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds and
30-minute register dials, graduation for the days of the month at 6, outer 1/5th
seconds track and tachometer graduation, apertures for the days of the week, the
months and the moon phases. Yellow gold feuille hands.
M. 13''', rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 23 jewels, straight line lever
escapement, monometallic balance, 8 adjustments, self-compensating blued steel
Breguet balance-spring, micrometer regulator.
Dial, case and movement signed.
Diam. 35 mm. Thickness 13 mm.
|Estimate: 150,000 USD - 200,000 USD
Estimate: 120,000 EUR - 155,000 EUR
Estimate: 170,000 CHF - 225,000 CHF
|Discovered in a drawer after having remained unused for almost 40 years, this
watch offers a truly rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful, original condition 1518
that has never before been offered to the public. This watch has remained in the
possession of the original owner's family and considered of no significant worth until
recently, when it was discovered by a friend and watch enthusiast, who notified the
owners of its potential value. The case therefore benefits from little use and retains thick
shoulders and strong hallmarks. In our opinion, the case has been polished conservatively
- perhaps only once or twice - and while it would benefit from an overhaul, it is
here presented in original condition without any previous restoration.
Produced in 281 examples from 1941 to 1954, in yellow and pink gold, only four examples known to date in
- First series: with applied gold Arabic numerals from 1941 to 1954.
- Second series: presented at the Basel Fair in 1942 with enameled hour indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic
- Third series: with applied gold indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic numerals.
- Fourth series: with applied gold baton indexes.
Similar watches are published in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998,
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